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  • Rosie H
    2 contributions
    I’ve been a couple of times now and I do like it here but somewhat disappointed by the cafe today. We would normally bring a packed lunch. The menu has changed -but the website is still advertising the old one which we sat outside choosing from.
    Place was dirty, no staff cleaning the tables or the floor, no cutlery at all, no napkins, run out of condiments - so much people were hunting around tables looking to find some. The table for putting used plates etc on was piled high. Food took a while but you expect that and was fine when it came.
    We shall go back but only with a packed lunch.
    Place could also do with a lick of paint as it looks a little shabby in places
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • Zoë S
    England, UK195 contributions
    Took my two sons (2 and 5) for the day and met some friends as it’s a half way point between our two homes. Wow. It’s beautiful, so clean, well looked after, great outdoor playgrounds and great facilities! We loved the kids being active and outdoors all day.
    We hardly moved from the entrance as they enjoyed the bounce pillow, tractor and dinosaurs, then the playground, then the sand and water area etc etc. we walked all the way around and ended at the splash park.
    The weather started off wet but dried up and the kids got wet playing in water anyway.

    My only gripe….the expense!!! All tickets are £18.95: two and up, all adults, even disabled children or adults….everyone is £18.95 and then you have to pay extras for the train, the animal feed, welly wheels…. I expected the train to be included in the cost and the welly wheels. Either charge less and let others pay extra for those things or include them in the very high price!

    We bought some drinks and ice cream at the splash park kiosk and it cost over £20. It was a very expensive day for a park, as beautiful as it is!

    We would love to visit again but unfortunately it’s not financially viable for us. Which is a shame!

    If you’re wondering whether or not to visit; definitely save and go once at least! Was a lovely day out
    Written 18 August 2023
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  • Pops and the Two Js
    North Chailey, UK12 contributions
    Brilliant visit whilst staying in Reading. My 7 year old and I really enjoyed the trail where we had to find the toy rats etc. The museum itself was really well laid out and full of really interesting artefacts. We liked the modernness of having electronic elements such as the games and the seasonal screen at the beginning. Well worth a visit and even better that the entry is free.
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • Z333WBalisonc
    Reading, UK6 contributions
    What a fantastic tour - Lydia was extremely knowledgeable & obviously loved the wine & shared her enthusiasm with us all! The tour was very informative & the cheese & wine was beautifully presented & a great deal of thought had gone into the wine’s & artisan cheeses including two local cheeses. Would recommend the tour wholeheartedly
    Written 6 February 2024
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  • Andy M
    Lisbon, Portugal36 contributions
    Reading Museum holds a rich treasure trove of artifacts and history of the town.
    It reflects the key elements of the town's history, starting with the Roman remains from nearby Silchester. This includes large mosaic floors, plenty of domestic artifacts and lots of information about life in the town.
    The next major element in the town's development is around the Abbey, which is richly represented by artifacts as well as maps, pictures and models enabling the visitor to visualise how the Abbey would have appeared in its heyday. (The remains of the Abbey itself are only a few moments' walk away and well presented and explained by numerous information boards).
    The museum has plenty of exhibits explaining the town's industrial development in the centuries after the dissolution of the Abbey (and its destruction in the Civil War) and focuses particularly on Huntley & Palmers with a huge collection of colourful biscuit tins from the manufacturer.
    Further exhibits track the development of the town as a major transport hub with the arrival of the Canals, Railway and Motorway.
    All this is fascinating, assuming you are interested in Reading's history and how it came to be the way it is today, but even if you have no interest in the town at all, the complete copy of the Bayeux Tapestry must be worth a visit for anyone. Embroidered in the Victorian era, this is displayed all around the walls on one floor, complete with translations of the Latin text and explanations of what's going on in each panel. It's like a medieval graphic novel telling a gripping story in 8 colour threads.
    I popped into the museum for a look around and easily spent 3 hours exploring it, without seeing everything. And it's all free!
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia27,912 contributions
    Forbury Gardens was a picturesque English garden adjacent to the Abbey Ruins and dates back to the time the Abbey was built by Henry 1. It has some interesting features including the Maiwand lion.
    Written 19 January 2024
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  • Rachael P
    Welwyn, UK5 contributions
    Small but packed full of interesting exhibits. Volunteers were so friendly and enthusiastic. Lots of interactive bits to interest children. We enjoyed going aboard the old passenger aircraft outside, a real blast from the past.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • Adventurers049
    Brisbane, Australia3,379 contributions
    This canal was very important in the 18's.
    These days, it's used by the very many canal boat users.
    There are a couple of nice canal walks from the Hungerford wharf.
    Written 24 September 2023
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  • Albywon
    Sydney, Australia11,843 contributions
    Finally spent some time at this station today after only going through on many previous occasions.
    Good notice boards and escalators to most platforms.
    Easy to work out which way you need to go.
    Written 20 February 2023
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  • The Codnor Traveller
    Codnor, UK39 contributions
    I travelled to the Madejski Stadium (or the Select Car Leasing Stadium as it is currently known) to watch Reading's Sky Bet League 1 clash against Derby County.

    Just a note on the name - Select Car Leasing signed a 10 year sponsorship deal with Reading FC in 2021, and so I imagine that the stadium name is here to stay for at least a decade.

    My first impression of the stadium was that it was smaller than I had anticipated. It is by no means small - it has a capacity of 24,161 - but its one of those ground where the upper tiers of stands are nowhere near as high as you think, and so you end up feeling *and indeed, being) much closer to the action

    This was certainly the case for me, as I found myself on near enough the back row, right in the middle, of the Sir John Madejski Stand - or East Stand as was. I felt infinitely closer to the action than when I sit in the equivalent position at The City Ground (Upper Brian Clough Stand). It was fantastic!

    Another crucial point is the space. You can actually fit an average sized adult on the seats in this stadium! That is something I haven't been used to in a while! Plenty of leg room too.

    The concourses are nice and wide, and allow people to actually move about freely, unlike at The City Ground, where they immediately bottle-neck as soon as you have more than 100 people in the building.

    There were a good selection of food stalls in and around the stadium, and a decent looking club shop. The whole stadium felt clean and well looked after and I would be glad if circumstance brought me back down here one day.

    It's sad what is happening at Reading at the moment, with poor ownership and a season that has so far seen them languishing at the foot of League 1. However, the one thing I will take away from this is that, all these things considered, the atmosphere was really very good.

    A sparse attendance of 9,914 made the Stadium look all but deserted at times (particularly the Eamonn Dolan Stand, which appeared to have 14 people in it) but the atmosphere never faltered.

    I had a fantastic time, not least of all because Derby County lost.
    Written 25 January 2024
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  • skye21
    Guildford, UK267 contributions
    Visited to watch Lucie Jones and the Fulltone Orchestra. An amazing concert, the seats are great and suitable for the venue in terms of being able to see the stage. The in house staff were friendly and welcoming. The venue is accessible and there are bars and seating inside before the show starts. The train station is a short walk away and I would visit again.
    Written 1 May 2023
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia27,912 contributions
    Most of what is left is ruins but it is well-signed and the history explained . The Abbey was foundered by Henry 1 in 1121 and mostly destroyed by Henry VIII in 1538. Well worthy of a stroll around.
    Written 20 January 2024
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